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« on: May 05, 2010 02:13:05 PM »

I made this for the aussie just one thing swap (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=345897.0)

Kitten Wrangler had communism and political propaganda/iconography as one of her themes. I'd been wanting to do something with recycling books. And it all just came together...



The outside cover



On the inside, it's a needlework project holder ...



... complete with little red needle book and star pincushion (these are silk dupion with raw silk pages in the needlebook)



It was lots of fun to make, and I think it made KW laugh too. I have a lot of old books, and I'm enjoying coming up with ideas to turn them into usable things.

Oh, and in case you cringe at the idea of book dissection, this used to be an early 1980s recipe book with lots of advertising and cheesy pictures - amusing, but no great loss to world literature. I picked out the funniest pages and sewed them together into bigger sheets to use as wrapping paper. So now I also have themed wrapping paper (fondue, box wine, kiwifruit, etc.)!
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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2010 02:18:58 PM »

Awesomeness. Love it.
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« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2010 02:25:05 PM »

Hilarious! Very well done, and suck a great idea!
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« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2010 03:32:06 PM »

Haha, I love it!
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« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2010 04:05:32 PM »

I love this so, so much.  I, too, am fond of communist (particularly Soviet) propaganda, as my avatar indicates.  You did a marvelous job on this!
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« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2010 03:02:48 AM »

Bad spellers of the world untie!  Sorry that's just what popped into my head whilst I was clicking This Rocks.  Love it!
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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2010 05:28:12 PM »

Very cool!  I like the idea of making themed wrapping paper out of the innards!   I'm always feeling guilty for dissecting books for projects but now.....
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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2010 06:05:12 PM »

Thanks everyone!

I use book innards for other things too (origami, bits for making cards etc.), but the wrapping paper is good because it makes use of quite a lot of pages.

I've also made recycled wrapping by cutting strips and weaving them together. That looks great (and is very sturdy), but takes a lot longer than stitching pages together. I used bright thread and a zig zag stitch, which I think looks quite effective.
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« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2010 03:21:26 PM »

I always thought communism was supposed to suppress creativity.  That's what the films from school always told me!  lol j/k j/k.  I still think this is super awesome.
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« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2011 02:08:23 PM »

Wow, this is so great! Very professional-looking, and super creative. This rocks! <3
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